WEST ADAMS (CBSLA.com) — Civic and religious leaders in Southern California are calling for calm as they await a decision on whether the police officer who killed Michael Brown will face prosecution.
The August 9 shooting in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked weeks of sometimes violent and racially-charged riots.READ MORE: Legendary Dodgers Broadcaster Jaime Jarrín To Retire After 2022 Season
KCAL9’s Joy Benedict reports police in Los Angeles are taking precautionary steps, making sure additional officers are in place prior to the announcement of the grand jury decision should protests break out.
Community leaders in the West Adams district say they plan to gather within one hour of the announcement, expected at any moment.
They are encouraging others in the community to gather peacefully as they plan their next steps, depending on what decision is made.READ MORE: Pasadena Implements COVID Vaccine Mandate For Bars, Large Outdoor Events
The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable has announced a three-part instant-response action plan if the grand jury fails to indict officer Darren Wilson.
The response will include peace monitors in the Crenshaw district, a petition campaign asking for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to fast-track a federal civil rights prosecution, as well as a local campaign for police and residents to improve interactions in the streets of L.A.
“The main thing we’re concerned about is giving people a positive, constructive outlet for their frustration. So that’s our mission,” L.A. Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson said.DEA: Prescription Pills For Sale Online, On Social Media Often Laced With Deadly Dose Of Fentanyl
Most Ferguson-area schools are scheduled to be open next week but administrators have contingency plans in place just in case classes are canceled.